Theresa May's reshuffle increases the proportion of privately educated Cabinet ministers

Theresa May's reshuffle increases the proportion of privately educated Cabinet ministers

The big victor of the shake-up was former Justice Secretary David Lidington, who replaced Damian Green as Minister for the Cabinet Office, but was not awarded the title of First Secretary of State enjoyed by his predecessor.

It was later confirmed that Brandon Lewis, formerly immigration minister, was the new party chairman. Hunt's title has been tweaked to Secretary of State For Health and Social Care.

Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, David Davis and Amber Rudd all kept their jobs.

Among those joining the ministerial ranks for the first time are Richmond MP Rishi Sunak at the Ministry of Housing, Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi at the Department for Education and South East Cambridgeshire's Lucy Frazer, who is joining the justice team.

"While the ultimate responsibility for the disastrous snap election lays squarely with the PM herself, the party is desperate to have a new face in the chairman's job", says HuffPost's Paul Waugh.

"But some of the things I said before I got involved in education, when I was a journalistic provocateur, were either ill-judged or just plain wrong - and I unreservedly apologise".

After the conclusion of a Cabinet Office investigation into the allegations, Mrs May said that "a line should be drawn under the issue" and on Tuesday No 10 sources insisted the incident had nothing to do with his departure.

But during this week's Cabinet reshuffle the role of a "no deal minister" did not materialise.

Last night, perhaps inadvertently and through the confusion and misplaced intricacies of a reshuffle, the PM managed to keep her friends closer than her enemies.

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke took over the roles of Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary vacated by Mr Lidington.

'Thank you Justine Greening for all the work that you have done in government.

Mr Sharma spent just seven months as Housing Minister, a role that has now been taken by Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton.

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Ex-Culture Secretary Karen Bradley was moved to the politically sensitive Northern Ireland role vacated by Mr Brokenshire.

Prior to Mr Lewis' confirmation as party chair, the Conservatives deleted a tweet from their official account congratulating current Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on being appointed to the position.

Although under pressure to differentiate her government from that of David Cameron's, May's new cabinet contains almost as many Oxbridge-educated ministers as that of her predecessor (50%).

She has installed a fellow Remainer, David Lidington, as de facto deputy prime minister after her last Remainer deputy Damian Green left under a cloud.

Sacked Education Secretary Justine Greening (ringed right) immediately joined the group of Tory remain rebels today during the first PMQs since the reshuffle.

Mr Hunt had been seen as a favourite for the role but Mrs May found it hard to move him in the midst of an NHS winter crisis that has seen tens of thousands of operations cancelled.

But the result of Mrs May's attempt to diversify the party did not please everyone.

Speaking outside his home on Monday morning, Mr Grayling said Mrs May had his full backing and that 2017 "had been a hard year" for the Prime Minister, but 2018 would "be better".

Former government minister Rob Wilson described the day's events as the "most low-key, boring reshuffles for some years".

The Daily Telegraph reported she will appoint a "minister for no deal" specifically to prepare for the eventuality that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without an agreement, with the post likely to go to Steve Baker - a prominent Leave campaigner who is already a Brexit minister.

Dr Lee Elliot Major, chief executive of the Sutton Trust, said: "Theresa May made great progress in the composition of her first cabinet, so it is disappointing that yesterday's reshuffle means that progress has reversed a little".